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20 JULY 2021

Pharmacy alert – confirmed COVID-19 case in Mareeba

Queensland Health has distributed the following urgent update today relating to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Queensland:

UPDATE – Situation in Queensland

Today's new case is not linked to any existing clusters in Queensland. The case is a female in her 20s from Mareeba who studies in Melbourne. She came home for the holiday break, travelling from Melbourne to Maroochydore on 13 July.

On 15 July she received an SMS notification from Victoria’s Department of Health notifying her that she had been at a Tier 1 exposure site on 10 July (the Young and Jackson Hotel). She immediately went and got tested, which returned a negative result.

She got herself tested again on 18 July after becoming symptomatic the day before, which returned a positive result. She is considered to have been infectious since 15 July.

The current list of exposure sites includes:

Thursday 15 July
  • 3.55pm to 4.15pm – Sunshine Coast Plaza, including Universal store
  • 6.45pm to 8.00pm – Rice Boi, 123 The Wharf, Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba*
Friday 16 July
  • 1.11pm – 615 bus from Maroochydore Station to Landsborough Station
  • 2.06pm – Train from Landsborough Station to Eagle Junction Station
  • 3.29pm – Airtrain from Eagle Junction Station to Brisbane Domestic Airport
  • 3.45pm – Brisbane Domestic Airport
  • 4.50pm – Flight VA791 from Brisbane to Cairns
Saturday 17 July
  • Nil
Sunday 18 July
  • 10.30am – Atherton fever clinic, Atherton
Contact tracing is continuing to confirm details and to identify any other exposure sites. Please continue to check this link regularly and follow the contact tracing advice provided for each location.

The woman is fully vaccinated with Pfizer Comirnaty which reduces the risk of transmission. She also allegedly complied with mask-wearing restrictions.
Update on PPE requirements
The Australian Government Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) has released revised guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers in the context of COVID-19.

Sources of PPE

For a comprehensive list of readily available commercial sources of PPE (including surgical face masks, P2/N95 masks, eye and face protection, gowns and more) refer to the Queensland Government’s What’s on Offer website that has been designed to connect buyers with suppliers.

RACGP resources

RACGP has a number of PPE videos available including: how to use PPE, how to sanitise your hands, how to don personal protective equipment (PPE), how to fit a P2/N95 mask, and how to remove and dispose of PPE. RACGP has also published a document on Optimising the use of personal protective equipment in general practice during COVID-19.

Fit testing of P2/N95 guidance 

The Queensland Health Fit Testing of Particulate Filtration Respirators (PFR or P2/N95 respirators) in respiratory protection programs Guidance Document (Fit Testing Document) has been developed to provide guidance and recommendations for decision-makers and healthcare workers (HCWs) in Queensland to support the safe and practical integration of fit testing into respiratory protection programs. It can be found on the Queensland Health PPE information site.


Recommended COVID-19 resources

NQPHN is committed to supporting you during the COVID-19 pandemic, so please be assured we will update you with the relevant information from the Australian Government Department of Health and Queensland Health as and when we receive it.
To help you receive timely and clear information regarding COVID-19, NQPHN uses a subject line starting with ‘COVID-19:’ in all our email correspondence to you, so please prioritise accordingly.
NQPHN also recommends the following COVID-19 websites, so you can track the latest clinical advice and keep informed about COVID-19:

If you have any queries, questions, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact NQPHN at
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